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Sample:

Why was my post downvoted? I ...

  • have a lot of experience/am an expert in this field
  • posted a thoughtful answer

and/or

  • know that I'm right

... and I came to this community to contribute. Why are my contributions not valued?

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    Purpose: Great for linking to. – Nicole May 17 '11 at 6:22
  • I am not sure why this sort of explanation / FAQ would be necessary on this site, when it has not been found to be necessary on any other site in the network for 3 years. – Jeff Atwood May 19 '11 at 6:56
  • That's a fair question. First, I wouldn't say necessary - we could continue downvoting and using comments when needed. Second, there is just a small distinction in downvoting here. While "psuedo-answers" are a problem on all sites, here the umbrella covers many more answers than most sites. Partly due to stricter requirements, partly due to the wide variety of topics -- and questions that are easy for people to "think" they know the answer to. I simply thought this would be an optimized way to handle those cases. – Nicole May 19 '11 at 12:57

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